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Engineering Ethics

Challenges and Opportunities

Bowen, W. Richard

2014, IX, 146 p.

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  • Highlights opportunities for engineers to promote the wellbeing and agency of others
  • Proposes innovative strategies for the implementation of a new ethical agenda in engineering
  • Provides approaches for increasing the expression of ethical responsibility by engineers

Engineering Ethics: Challenges and Opportunities aims to set a new agenda for the engineering profession by developing a key challenge: can the great technical innovation of engineering be matched by a corresponding innovation in the acceptance and expression of ethical responsibility? Central features of this stimulating text include:

  • An analysis of engineering as a technical and ethical practice providing great    opportunities for promoting the wellbeing and agency of individuals and communities.
  • Elucidation of the ethical opportunities of engineering in three key areas:

          -  Engineering for Peace, emphasising practical amelioration of the root  causes of  conflict rather than military solutions.

          -  Engineering for Health, focusing on close collaboration with healthcare   professionals for both the promotion and restoration of health.

        -  Engineering for Development, providing effective solutions for the reduction of extreme poverty.

  • Innovative strategies for implementing these ethical opportunities are described:

           - Emphasis on the personal responsibility of every engineer and on the            

          -   Use of language and concepts that are appealing to business managers and political decision makers.

  • Future prospects for increasing the acceptance and expression of ethical responsibility by engineers are envisaged.

Engineering Ethics: Challenges and Opportunities provides engineers, decision makers and the wider public with new understanding of the potential of engineering for the promotion of human flourishing.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Engineering Ethics - Engineering Ethics Education - Engineering Professional Ethics - Ethical Engineering Opportunities - Ethical Responsibility in Engineering

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Production & Process Engineering

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